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From Baltra Island: Galápagos Islands 5-Day Nature Tour

1. From Baltra Island: Galápagos Islands 5-Day Nature Tour

Discover the unique flora and fauna of the Galápagos on a 5-day tour with round-trip transportation from Baltra Island. Benefit from hotel options to suit your budget. Day 1: (L) Travel by public bus to Itabaca Channel to catch the ferry to Santa Cruz. Drive to the highlands ranch of El Chato to see giant tortoises in their natural environment. Discover the Twin Craters in lush green forests dominated by endemic scalesia plants. Walk along the crater rims to better appreciate their magnitude, and keep a look out for short-ear owls. Day 2: (B, L)   Relax aboard a yacht as you sail to the uninhabited island of Santa Fé, Plazas, Pinzon, or Seymour, depending on the program of the National Park. Look for land iguanas and other wildlife in a small group of no more than 12 people.  Day 3: (B, L)   Visit Las Grietas and see the impressive fissure of the Channel of Love. Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of The Cracks, and hike to Tortuga Bay to observe the magnificent wildlife before arriving at a beautiful beach.  Day 4: (B, L)   Relax aboard a yacht as you sail to the uninhabited island of Santa Fé, Plazas, Pinzon, or Seymour, depending on the program of the National Park. Look for land iguanas and other wildlife in a small group of no more than 12 people. Day 5: (B)    Visit the science research facility of Charles Darwin Station before getting dropped off at the airport for your onward flight. 

Cerro Mesa Reserve and Garrapatero Beach Tour

2. Cerro Mesa Reserve and Garrapatero Beach Tour

Depart Puerto Ayora and journey to the higher part of Santa Cruz island to cycle to Cerro Mesa, the first ecological reserve in the Galapagos. Walk the pristine paths to admire the flora and fauna, and get a spectacular view of the island and its surroundings. Continue to Garrapatero Beach for a picnic on the shore. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to relax on the beach and marvel at the native flamingos and mallards in the nearby lagoon. Rent a kayak if you wish to experience the lagoon from a different perspective. Return to Puerto Ayora at the arranged time for the end of the services.

6-Day Galápagos Adventure Tour on 4 Islands

3. 6-Day Galápagos Adventure Tour on 4 Islands

Experience the incredible plant and animal diversity of the Galápagos islands with a thrilling six-day excursion to San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, Española, and an uninhabited island. Each day you’ll be able to choose your own adventure with several options: visit the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal to learn about the formation, colonization and situation of the islands or hike to the Frigate bird hill viewpoint, and snorkel or kayak in the Tijeretas Bay. Daily itineraries include certified guides and meal options. On land you’ll be able to spot blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and frigate birds, and in the water marine iguanas, tropical fish, stingrays and turtles. On San Cristobal, greet the giant tortoises in their native environments before stopping at the giant crater at Cerro Mesa Reserve, a remnant of the time when Santa Cruz was still a volcanic active island. 

Santa Cruz: Galapagos Islands 4 Day Explorer Tour

4. Santa Cruz: Galapagos Islands 4 Day Explorer Tour

Day 1 Arrive at the airport of Baltra Island and meet the National Park guides, followed by a transfer to Santa Cruz. Check in at your hotel and in the afternoon visit the Charles Darwin Scientific Station and the Interpretation Center of the Galapagos National Park. Day 2 Head to the stunning Turtle Bay Beach, a postcard-worthy beach with white sand and azure sea. Stop to observe the marine life, iguanas, and many other wildlife species Travel next to a private ranch, where you will be able to see the protected giant turtles living in their natural habitat. Finally, the adventure will conclude with a hike through the underground lava tunnels. Day 3 On the third day, head to the dock to sail to the islet of La Loberia. Take some time for snorkeling, before traveling to Punta Estrada. Keep a look out for frigate birds, sea lions, and other marine life. Day 4 After breakfast at the hotel, be returned to the airport for your departure flight.

5-Day Galapagos Land Tour on Isabela: Small Group Tour

5. 5-Day Galapagos Land Tour on Isabela: Small Group Tour

Day 1: Transfer from Baltra Airport to Isabela Island Start your tour with airport pickup from your certified guide. Make your way to the Itabaca Canal and board a ferry. In Puerto Ayora, take another boat in the direction of Isabela Island. Stay overnight at a hotel. Day 2: Cabo Rosa Tuneles Start your day with breakfast at the hotel. Take a boat to Cabo Rosa, where lava once flowed into the ocean and formed lava tunnels. See penguins, blue-footed boobies, and sea turtles. Go diving and see sharks, turtles, sea lions, rays, seahorses, and tropical fish. The tour to Cabo Rosa lasts approximately 5 hours. The rest of the day is free. You can enjoy the beautiful Isabela Beach or snorkel in the Laguna de la Concha de Perla. Stay overnight in Isabela.  Day 3: Sierra Negra Volcano Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before you're picked up by your guide. Then, take a walk through the lava landscapes overlooking the volcanoes of northern Isabela and Fernandina. The hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano and the Chico Volcano is 10 miles (16 km) long. See the second-largest volcanic crater in the world and explore different areas of vegetation. Enjoy lunch and the rest of the day free. Explore the beautiful beach in Isabela or dive in the Laguna Concha de Perla. Stay overnight in Isabela. Day 4: Tintoreras Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before visiting Las Tintoreras, a chain of small islets full of coves and hidden beaches. See sea lions, marine turtles, iguanas, manta rays, and more at one of its bays. This bay is connected by a superficial crack with crystalline water which is closed off during low tide. In the crack, it is possible to see the sharks swimming with the rest of the tropical fish and sea lions if you snorkel. You have the rest of the afternoon free. Take the time to walk to the nearby flamingo lagoon or visit the tortoise breeding center. Stay overnight in Isabela. Day 5: Transfer out At 6 AM, a guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the pier to take the 6:30 AM boat to Santa Cruz. At Puerto Ayora, you will have breakfast and depart for Baltra to catch your flight back to the mainland. Your flight to Quito or Guayaquil will need to depart at 11:30 AM or later.

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